After taking a red-eye flight and a quick train ride on the Heathrow Express, I arrived back in London. I’ve made plans to move here from NYC and step into the next chapter in my life. The weather wasn’t too bad for the month of June but I assumed that I over packed with my spring like clothing. I had booked a train to Leicester in the East Midlands. The city’s football team Leicester F.C. had recently become Premier League champions. I was unable to make it to the parade that occurred in May but you can still see remnants of pride in the faces of the residents and businesses. With a short stay it was best to make the most of it. A place of interest was the Botanical Gardens.
The Botanic Garden is a part of the University of Leicester which is one of the two main Universities in the area. The Garden had very few visitors this day so it was easy to find yourself in complete silence. Being from the city, I’ve always had a desire to be around more nature and this was the perfect place. From a random scarecrow by the entrance to a moss covered rock and a mosaic flower in the ground, it is one of the most relaxing and wondrous places I’ve ever been.
A good place to have dinner is a restaurant near Highcross called Turtle Bay. It doesn't take too long to get there as the Highcross shopping centre or, as some of us would call it, a mall, is located in the center of the city. Being from the states, the mall didn’t seem so big to me. I was at ease to see that it was a Caribbean restaurant. The inside décor consists of posters from old reggae concerts and discarded speakers. The menu was filled with familiar items that I have back in NYC. We decided to order and share the mango and goat's cheese salad for starters and the Jerk Chicken Bun and the Goat Burger as our main. Last but not least we ordered the Raspberry Reggae drink which had white rum, club soda, fresh lime, and raspberries.
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